Psalm 13:6 “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
I love this time of year, with all of the joy that it brings. A gathering of friends and family from far and near; taking time out from our busy day to day lifestyles, to be quiet, and enjoy one another’s company. It’s a time set apart to be thankful for all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us. As I sit here contemplating what I want to say, I find that I can not put into words the great appreciation that I feel right now, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with me.
I am thankful first, for Him who chose to love me even when I have failed Him. He is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother, a present help in time of need. When I felt that I could no longer be used by Him, He is the one who picked me up and set my feet upon the Rock. I praise Him daily for His grace and mercy, which far outweigh my weakness and short comings. I am thankful for His Word, and for all those who sacrificed their lives so that I could have it today.
I am also thankful for my husband, my best friend, my life long companion. I believe it is a miracle that we are still together today. A picture of what God can do if we will give Him the broken pieces of our yesterday. I find myself loving him more each day, and I look forward to greater days ahead, as we learn to serve each other in the way that God has intended.
I am thankful for my 3 healthy children and that they too, know and love the Savior. I can remember a time when I didn’t think I would have a child of my own, but God has graciously given me the desires of my heart. Each one, a unique creation that God has placed in my hands to care for.
And where would I be today without my family and friends? I am so thankful for each one of you. God uses the friends in our life to encourage us and to hold us up in prayer. I am so very grateful that I have a plethora of friends who do this for me on a daily basis. (yeah, I know, that’s a big word for me. Hehe).
We are told to give thanks always for all things. Here is an abbreviated list of some of the things I thank God for…things that make the journey a little sweeter: